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Faculty journeys are canceled extra usually on account of modifications in voluntary parental contributions

Colleges are more and more stopping organizing faculty journeys or different extracurricular actions, comparable to Christmas breakfast. This has emerged from analysis by the municipality of The Hague, the college boards and Stichting Leergeld. The rationale for stopping these actions is a change within the regulation that was well-intentioned, however turned out badly. The municipality of The Hague is now contributing cash itself. That is reported by Omroep West.

The brand new voluntary parental contribution scheme appears to be inflicting issues for a lot of colleges. The parental contribution has all the time been voluntary, however colleges didn’t must level this out to oldsters. As a result of they’re now obliged to take action, a number of dad and mom drop out. Because of this, no extra money is added to the college price range and several other colleges have already stopped faculty journeys. Dad and mom from The Hague with a small grant will not obtain the parental contribution since 2021, however they’ll obtain the Ooievaarspas. With this go it must be attainable for his or her kids to go on a faculty journey.


The research exhibits that a lot of colleges are going through declining earnings from voluntary parental contributions. Dad and mom who used to assert the Ooievaarspas don’t now pay a parental contribution. As well as, there are additionally many dad and mom who didn’t have an Ooievaarspas previously, however now run into monetary issues and are due to this fact not capable of pay a parental contribution. And a few dad and mom who can nonetheless pay the contribution, not pay it. As a result of it’s now made clear that the parental contribution is voluntary and participation at school journeys is assured anyway because of the change within the regulation.

Variations between colleges are rising

The issue is especially prevalent in weak neighbourhoods. Dad and mom who’re nonetheless capable of pay the contribution additionally pay it and due to this fact these colleges can nonetheless manage faculty journeys. The modification to the regulation has now lowered the variations between pupils, whereas the variations between colleges have widened.


That’s the reason the council of the municipality of The Hague is now pulling the pockets and rising the subsidy this yr from 360,000 euros to 1.3 million euros. Colleges can now apply for a subsidy of 40 or 50 euros per pupil, as a substitute of 10 or 20 euros. The Ministry of Training, Tradition and Science continues to be on the lookout for options to this downside. It nonetheless is dependent upon whether or not measures may even be wanted in The Hague in 2024.

By: Nationwide Training Information / Femke van Arendonk

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